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Neverending New Beginnings: January 2009

14 Jan 2009

Posted by

Haruka Takahashi

New Winter 2009 anime

Apologies for posting this late, especially since some of the below are airing currently. Had a lot of things to do lately. This is slightly different from Japanese version I put up on 4th January as I would simplify the timings, added more info, and excluded specific Japanese channels air times since you probably won't be be watching it there. If you're, however, interested on the timings and the channels, I have put up the English (英語) or the Romanized (ローマ字) title next to the Japanese title there for easier reference.

All times below are in Japanese Standard Time (UTC +9, or 17 hours ahead of Pacific Time) of the first regular airing. Start times are converted to the regular 12-hour format. So if, for example, I state something like "(1月7月から)水曜 25:00~25:30" on the Japanese blog, I would convert the time to "Thursdays @ 1am from 8 January".

Chrome Shelled Regios
(Japanese: 鋼殻のレギオス)

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  • Description: A light novel series by Shūsuke Amagi, with illustrations by Miyū. A short story light novel series is serialized in Dragon Magazine. A manga adaptation drawn by Miyū is serialized in the shōnen manga magazine Dragon Age Pure. A second manga adaptation drawn by Nodoka Kiyose is serialized in the shōnen manga magazine Monthly Dragon Age. A third manga adaptation drawn by Watari is serialized in Beans Ace magazine. A four-panel comic strip adaptation drawn by Masumi Futaba will start serialization in Monthly Dragon Age on November 8, 2008. A science fiction light novel series titled Legend of Regios is set in the past world of Chrome Shelled Regios series, and published by Fujimi Shobo under its Style-F label. A anime adaptation will start in January 2009 produced by ZEXCS.
  • Airs: Sundays @ 3am from 10 January

Slayers Evolution-R
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  • Description: Evolution-R should pick up where Revolution left off, meaning that Lina Inverse and company are trying to help revive the city of Taforashia and its people who were put into an icy slumber because of a plague. This in turn means finding someone called Rezo the Red Wizard.
  • Airs: Mondays @ 9:30am from 12 January

Maria-sama ga Miteru 4th Season
(Japanese: マリア様がみてる 4thシーズン
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  • Description: A continuation of a series with a lot of yuri overtones about the relationships at a prestigious all-girls school.
  • Airs: Saturdays @ 10:30am from 3 January

White Album
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  • Description: A love triangle story between two female idols and a regular college guy. The guy and one of the girls have been dating since high school, but they start to grow apart, and things happen between him and the other girl.
  • Airs: Sundays @ 4am from 3 January

Shikabane Hime: Kuro
(Japanese: 屍姫 玄)
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  • Description: Shikabane Hime Kuro is the continuation of Shikabane Hime Aka, and they appear to have changed the name of the series solely to mark the next chapter of the story. Kuro picks up where Aka left off, with main character Makina now contracted to young Ouri
  • Airs: Thursdays @ 10:30am from 1 January

Maria Holic
(Japanese: まりあ†ほりっく)
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  • Description: Maria Holic revolves around a high school girl, Kanako Miyamae, who is scared of boys and breaks out in rash if a boy touches her. During her second year of high school, she enrolls in an all-girls school hoping to find a female romantic partner. However, her ideal candidate turns out to be a crossdressing boy.
  • Airs: Mondays @ 12:30am from 5 January

Viper's Creed
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  • Description: VIPER’S CREED takes place in an troubled 21st century with a polluted environment, economic collapse, terrorism, and a great war, and the story is about the members of a private military company who guard a key city.
  • Airs: Tuesdays @ 10pm from 6 January

(Japanese: アキカン!)
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  • Description: Akikan (”Empty Can”) is the unlikely story of high school boy Kakeru Daichi, whose can of melon juice soda magically transforms into a human girl. More "akikan" girls begin appearing, each of them needing to be infused with carbon dioxide from kissing to survive.
  • Airs: Sundays @ 12am from 3 January

MAJOR 5th season

Genji Monogatari Sennenki
(Japanese: 源氏物語千年紀 Genji)
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  • Description: A straight adaptation of that original work about the rise and fall of Hikaru Genji, a son of a Japanese emperor during the Heian period.
  • Airs: Wednesdays @ 12:45am from 16 January

Kemono no Sou-ja Erin (Japanese: 獣の奏者 エリン)
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  • Description: About a green-eyed young girl who has the ability to control a great beast and subsequently gets involved in a power struggle.
  • Airs: Saturdays @ 6:25pm from 10 January

Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger
(Japanese: はじめの一歩 New Challenger)
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  • Description: Based on one of the longest running manga series, Hajime no Ippo follows the rise of a great boxer and the other boxers around him.
  • Airs: Wednesdays @ 1:59am from 7 January

Sora Kake Girl

(Japanese: 宇宙をかける少女)
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  • Description: The story takes place in a future with space colonization, and it revolves around a girl who encounters a space colony with a unique artificial intelligence.
  • Airs: Tuesdays @ 2am from 6 January

Minami-ke: Okaeri
(Japanese: みなみけ おかえり)

The Tower of Druaga: The Sword of Uruk

(Japanese: ドルアーガの塔 ~The Sword of URUK~)
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  • Description: This second season picks up half a year after the events of the first, and main character Jil remains somewhat shocked over a certain betrayal until he meets a young girl and decides to make the climb again.
  • Airs: Wednesdays @ 1:30am from 8 January

(Japanese: ライドバック)
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  • Description: RIDE BACK is a very intriguing story about a time of great political turmoil in the not-so-distant future, but it focuses on a girl who was raised as a dancer and is attending a university. She accidentally gets involved with the Rideback club - Ridebacks are a cross of motor bike and mecha - and puts her dancing skills to use on a Rideback just as things start to erupt politically.
  • Airs: Mondays @ 12am from 12 January

Birdy the Mighty Decode:02
(Japanese: 鉄腕バーディー DECODE:02)
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  • Description: The story continues with the two main characters again sharing one body. This time, Birdy goes after some escaped prisoners who may be connected to what happened in the first season, and the story looks to examine her past more.
  • Airs: Saturdays @ 2:10am from 9 January

Zoku Natsume Yūjin-Chō
(Japanese: 続 夏目友人帳)
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  • Details: The second season of this series continues the story of a boy who can see spirits and - with the help of a feline spirit - deals with the various other spirits in his grandmother’s Book of Friends.
  • Airs: Tuesdays @ 1:30am from 6 January
Kurokami The Animation
(Japanese: 黒神 The Animation)
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  • Description: Kurokami is an action title that follows a boy who by chance meets and becomes contracted to a powerful girl. The main twist on the story comes up when characters meet their doppeliners and one of them subsequently dies.
  • Airs: Wednesdays @ 2:40am from 9 January

Sora o Miageru Shōjo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai
(Japanese: 空を見上げる少女の瞳に映る世界)
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  • Description: This series is a retelling and continuation of one of Kyoto Animation’s original works, Munto, a story about a girl who has the ability to see floating islands in the sky and a young king whose world is running out of a certain energy. He has to go to Earth to find the girl who is the key to saving his world and convince her to help.
  • Airs: Wednesdays @ 1:45am from 13 January

Asu no Yoichi!
(Japanese: 明日のよいち!)
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  • Description: After being raised in the mountains by his father as a swordsman, a boy is sent into a modern city to live with a family of girls and attend high school. Hilarity and fanservice ensues with some martial arts and swordplay mixed in.
  • Airs: Wednesdays @ 1:29am from 8 January

Hetalia - Axis Powers
(Japanese: ヘタリア Axis Powers)
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  • Description: The series follows the adventures of the male personifications of various countries of the world, including the cowardly Italy and hard-working Germany, in a comedic parody of history.
  • Airs: Sundays @ 1:52am from 24 January
  • Note: An episode is only 5-8 minutes long.

(1:50pm edit: I may have accidentally added 2 hours and/or put the date of the day before to some the timings above...)